VMworld 2017 – The Highlights So Far


VMworld, VMware’s main customer and partner event, is on at the moment in Las Vegas. I was meant to be go but, alas, other commitments prevented me from attending. I’ve been keeping track of the news from VMworld. Here are a few of the main announcements.

VMware and Dell EMC have announced a new partnership for VMware Cloud that brings bring Dell EMC data protection to VMware Cloud on AWS. The extended partnership with Dell EMC offers customers of VMware Cloud on AWS integrated data protection capabilities with Dell EMC’s Data Domain and Data Protection Suite for Applications solutions. This will provide backup and recovery solutions for workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS customers will have the option to easily add Dell EMC data protection when ordering new on-demand services

New VMware Cloud Services enable end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and networks, with consistent networking and security across public clouds and on premises environments. There’s also expanded VMware NSX support of networking and security for clouds and cloud-native apps.

A new strategic alliance has resulted in initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. This is currently in early access with some customers including Brink’s, Cerner, Elemica, MIT, Moody’s, State of Louisiana, and Sysco.

Lenovo announced their new ThinkAgile VX series of hardware to take advantage of new features in vSAN. These are pre-configured hardware solutions that are designed to lower deployment times and make it easier to manage a data centre by facilitating the pooling of servers, storage, and virtualisation.

Security is always a hot topic at major tech events and VMworld is no exception. NSX Cloud expands the company’s security efforts to cloud and cloud-native apps while Cloud Insight helps track and optimise cloud spending. Discovery is another new tool – it’s all about helping businesses understand what is happening with their applications and data on the cloud.

If you’re keen, you can watch the VMworld opening keynote as well as some of the other general sessions online.

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